Film award cash component, title to be improved: Kerala minister

April 9th, 2008 - 12:56 am ICT by admin  

Thiruvananthapuram, April 8 (IANS) Culture Minister M.A. Baby announced Tuesday that the cash component of the State Film Awards would be “appropriately increased” and the demeaning term “second best actor” would be replaced with “best supporting actor” next year onwards. This came on the sidelines of announcing Malayalam movie icons Mohanlal and Meera Jasmine as winners of the best actor/ actress awards in the annual Kerala State Film Awards for 2007.

Explaining as to why internationally acclaimed Naalu Penungal directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan managed to get only two minor awards, Baby controversially said that filmmaker had failed to weave the four stories together.

Gopalakrishnan, presently in Chennai, declined to comment.

Mohanlal, the gentleman of Malayalam films reacted very modestly by saying, “The entire credit for my award goes to director P.T. Kunjumohamed who gave me a really challenging role. Every award is a huge appreciation for my work. I am indeed very happy”.

Jasmine attributed her award to the munificence of producer Williams and director Shyama Prasad.

“Williams and Prasad were really kind to give me the role of the lonely housewife in Ore Kadal. Irrespective of how many awards is won by an actor or actress, every new award is a huge boost,” Jasmine said.

The remarks of Prasad, son of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader O. Rajagopal gave a political twist to the awards.

“In my opinion Mammooty should have been given the best actor award. But then, the jury have their subtle political constraints,” Prasad said.

While Kunjumohamed, whose directorial effort had helped Mohanlal win the award this year, is a card carrying member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mammooty heads Kairali TV - a television channel owned by the same party that heads the Left Democratic Front regime in Kerala.

Mammooty’s film “Katha Prayambol” was, however, declared as the most popular film.

The Jury headed by noted Assamese filmmaker Jahnu Barua looked at 26 films.

The best film award went to “Adhyalangal” and its director M.G. Sasi bagged the best director trophy.

The best male and female singer awards went to the offspring of two hugely popular singers - K.J. Yesudas and Sujatha for the same film.

While Yesudas’s son Vijay bagged the best male playback singer award “Nivedyam” Sujatha’s daughter Shwetha was adjudged the best female playback singer award for their work in the hit “Nivedyam”.

“This is a great honour for our family,” Yesudas senior said.

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